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The Graceful GuruHindu Female Gurus in India and the United States$
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Karen Pechilis

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195145380

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195145380.001.0001

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Mother Meera, Avatar

Mother Meera, Avatar

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The Graceful Guru

Catherine Cornille

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the leadership style of Mother Meera. Though doctrine and ritual are absent, her status can be examined looking from within the context of the Hindu devotional or bhakti tradition, as a disciple and self-acclaimed successor to Aurobindo and Mira Alfassa, as a female version of the silent saint Ramana Maharshi, or as one of the many female gurus who seem to give evidence to women's spiritual emancipation in India during the past century.

Keywords:   Mother Meera, Hindu devotional, bhakti, Aurobindo, Mira Alfassa, Ramana Mahrshi, spiritual emancipation, India

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